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Is it Trump or the EU that is swapping big ideas for bad ideas?

Philip Stevens writes in the FT about“How the world swapped a big idea for a bad idea”. The big idea was “the revolutionary thought that the selfish interests of rich and rising states could be accommodated if everyone played by … Continue reading

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America and the world: Part I.

The key words in this cluster of books, focusing on the US, are emerging , retreat, closing and anger. Pankaj Mishra, in Age of Anger: A History of the Present, says that the paranoid hatreds of the present world have … Continue reading

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Berlin Rules: Why, What, How, and is that so?

The three books under review deal with Europe, but their focus is Germany. Paul Lever, former British ambassador to Germany, is the author of Europe and the Germany Way: Berlin Rules, I.B.Taurus, 2017. Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek Finance Minister, authors Adults … Continue reading

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Remainers as champions of UK parliamentary sovereignty: how delicious.

Remainers are sharpening their knives in the British press. Martin Wolf, the doyen of economic commentary in the FT, has an article entitled “The markets have taught Theresa May a hard lesson on sovereignty: the British government will learn about … Continue reading

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Ideology, the Tory party and Brexit.

May must stick with sense over sensibility, writes Rachel Sylvester in todays The Times (October 4, 2016). The party, she writes, is divided between pragmatism and ideology, or head and heart. This clash will define and dominate the next two years … Continue reading

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A letter to our German friends

There is a thesis that Brexit is a move back to the past, with the UK dreaming that it is still the great power it was. According to this theme, we joined the EEC back in 1972, to break the … Continue reading

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Major speeches on Bremain and Brexit

The campaign on the referendum for the UK to Remain or to Leave the EU is heating up. There is a lot of noise, and a good deal of mud slinging.  There are suggestions from the Remain camp that were … Continue reading

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A Letter to Cameron on Brexit: why Plan B=Plan A.

The Times of February 17, 2016 holds a lead article on Brexit, whose title has Cameron quoted as saying  ‘Don’t push us into Brexit’. The PM was said to be very stressed that European leaders would water down the results of … Continue reading

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